dim Definition

  • 1not bright or clear; obscure
  • 2lacking in brightness, vividness, or clearness
  • 3not seen or understood clearly

Using dim: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "dim" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

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    The room was lit by a dim lightbulb.

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    He had only a dim memory of what had happened.

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    The future prospects for the company look dim.

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    She has a dim view of his abilities.

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    The movie was a dim reflection of the book it was based on.

dim Synonyms and Antonyms

Phrases with dim

  • to become less bright or clear


    As the sun set, the light in the sky grew dim.

  • a long time ago, often with a sense of nostalgia


    In the dim and distant past, people used to write letters instead of sending emails.

  • a vague or unclear recollection of something


    I have only a dim memory of my childhood home.


Summary: dim in Brief

The adjective 'dim' [dɪm] describes something that is not bright or clear, lacking in vividness or clarity. It can refer to physical light, memories, prospects, or opinions, as in 'The room was lit by a dim lightbulb.' 'Dim' is often paired with phrases like 'grow dim,' 'in the dim and distant past,' and 'a dim memory,' which denote fading or unclear recollections.

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